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November 26, 2004

USI women’s basketball suffers first setback

#20 Indianapolis 78, USI 65

EVANSVILLE, Ind.—The University of Southern Indiana women’s basketball team suffered its first setback of the season Friday evening as it fell to No. 20-ranked University of Indianapolis 78-65 at the Physical Activities Center.

USI (3-1, 0-1 GLVC) could not find an answer for Indianapolis’s senior point guard Amanda Davidson, who scorched the Eagles for 22 points and eight assists.

The Screaming Eagles were within four points with nine minutes to play in the opening half, but a 24-12 run to end the period put the Greyhounds up 45-29 at the break.

USI had trouble containing Indianapolis from the perimeter in the opening period as the Greyhounds drained five shots from three-point range. Indianapolis (4-0, 1-0 GLVC) shot a blistering 55.2 percent from the floor in the first half as it built all the lead it would need.

The Eagles could not get much closer in the final period as the Greyhounds pushed their lead to as many 24 midway through the second half.

Behind the aggressive play of junior forward Ashley Green (Otterbein, Indiana), the Eagles finished the game on a 10-1 run. Green had all eight of her points in the final two minutes of the contest.

Junior point guard Tiara Brown (Normal, Illinois) led the Eagles with 19 points and freshman forward Jessica Minnick (Carmi, Illinois) added 15 points off the bench. Green led the Eagles with seven rebounds and four assists.

A major factor in Indianapolis’s success Friday evening stemmed from its ability to shut down USI senior guard Jamie Truitt (Owensboro, Kentucky), who had 31 points the last time the Eagles faced the Greyhounds. Truitt was held scoreless after attempting just four shots in 16 minutes of work.

Indianapolis senior guard Erin Moran led all scorers with 25 points, while freshman forward Deanna Thompson led all players with 10 rebounds.

USI will wrap up its four-game homestand Sunday when the Eagles host Saint Joseph’s College in a 1 p.m. tip-off at the PAC. The Pumas (2-2, 1-0 GLVC) defeated the University of Missouri-St. Louis 69-59 Friday in St. Louis.

Dan McDonnell,
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